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Google Says It Will No Longer Read Users' Emails To Sell Targeted Ads

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:40:00 -0400

The company says it will make the change later this year, bringing Gmail in line with its business products. But Google has already gathered a lot of data on users since it launched Gmail in 2004.

How To Pick Kids' Apps For The Backseat This Summer

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 06:01:00 -0400

Screen time can be more than a distraction if you follow these principles.

Schools Let Students Take Laptops Home In Hopes Of Curbing 'Summer Slide'

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 08:01:23 -0400

More districts are letting students take computers home for the summer. Officials hope the devices help fill in learning gaps, but experts say parents must play a role to make the lending effective.

Stephanie Busari: What Happens When Real News Is Dismissed As Fake?

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:24:00 -0400

Stephanie Busari discusses the flip-side of fake news: denying real news. She recounts the kidnapping of Nigeria's Chibok schoolgirls and how some Nigerians believed the news was a government hoax.

Intel Signs On As An Olympic Sponsor, Promising Virtual Reality And 360-Degree Video

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:07:00 -0400

Intel's CEO says it "will accelerate the adoption of technology for the future of sports on the world's largest athletic stage."

Jump Rope Heroes: Watch School Kids Set A One-Minute Guinness World Record

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 10:56:00 -0400

In a blur of coordination, a team of 14 students blew away the old record for most skips through a single jump rope in one minute.

Upworthy Was One Of The Hottest Sites Ever. You Won't Believe What Happened Next

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 15:35:00 -0400

After popularizing sensational headlines and taking your news feed by storm, Upworthy seemingly fell off a cliff. Its story reveals just as much about Facebook as it does about why we click.

Why You Should Play Video Games

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 08:28:00 -0400

We live in a world of endless pressing concerns with so many competing avenues of being productive. A good game makes no demands. All that matters is the enjoyment of the doing, says Adam Frank.

Q&A With The 'Sassy' Teacher Of The Year About That Fan And Going Viral

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 18:32:00 -0400

"I have been visibly gay my entire life," Nikos Giannopoulos told NPR.

Is The Concern Artificial Intelligence — Or Autonomy?

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 11:36:00 -0400

At the end of the day, even the smartest computers are tools, our tools, and their intentions are our intentions — to the extent that we can speak of their intentions at all, says blogger Alva Noë.

Meet Binky, The Social Media App Where Nothing Matters

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 05:11:00 -0400

A new social media app lets you think that you're liking, commenting and sharing an infinite list of random posts. But "it's all meaningless," Binky creator Dan Kurtz says. And that's the point.

The Covfefe Act Has A Silly Name — But It Addresses A Real Quandary

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 18:13:00 -0400

In an era of unfiltered tweets from the president, Rep. Mike Quigley's bill would require the archiving of the president's social media posts — from official and personal accounts.

Pakistan Sentences Man To Death For 'Blasphemy' On Social Media

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 17:03:00 -0400

Amnesty International says this is the country's harshest sentence yet for a cybercrime related offense. The Pakistani government is pushing a campaign against blasphemy on social media.

Eager To Burst His Own Bubble, A Techie Made Apps To Randomize His Life

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 04:00:00 -0400

Suddenly aware of repetitive feedback loops in his life, Max Hawkins created apps that decided where he should go, what strangers' parties he should attend, even how he should spend Christmas.

Free Speech Legal Center Threatens To Sue Trump For Blocking Twitter Users

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 16:40:00 -0400

A First Amendment law center at Columbia University is threatening to sue President Trump if he doesn't stop blocking people whose comments he doesn't like on Twitter. The group says Trump cannot lawfully block people from viewing what they contend are presidential statements.